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Friday Finds 01.27.12

If you've been itching to find out what's piqued our interest this week, you're in luck. This week in Friday Finds, a letterpress documentary, people who make themselves at home in Ikea's vignettes, and the answer to why TNG's Wesley Crusher always sports sparkly vests.
January 27, 2012
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Sea Shepherd Prints

I just came across a series of great, graphically inclined (and affordable!) artworks from The Utility Collective and Hub Strategy that features oceanic scenes printed on plywood. A portion of the proceeds from these pieces goes to Sea Shepherd, a non-profit marine wildlife conservation group. Good art for a good cause—what more can you ask? There are four different scenes—a seahorse, two different whales, and a shark (to which I'm partial)—all available at The Utility Collective's online shop.
January 24, 2012
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12 Questions for Luis Urculo

I've long been intrigued by the overlap of design, art, and architecture, and one of the most interesting practitioners working in that realm today is Madrid-based Luis Urculo, whose works tread—and test—the boundaries between the mediums. This Friday, "Jet Lag," Urculo's first solo show in the United States, opens at San Francisco's The Popular Workshop.
January 18, 2012
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Massimo Scolari's Drawings at Yale

Visit the website of the Italian architect, designer, and artist Massimo Scolari and you'll be surprised to see how many drawings and paintings are lumped in with his more three-dimensional work. Architects working as painters is nothing new, but Scolari pushes his work with the brush and pen to the fore of his practice of design. The state of drawing in architecture is just what he'll take up in a lecture entitled "Is Drawing Dead" at Yale University on February 9th. From February 6th through May 4th, Scolari's own output will make the case that the answer to the question posed in his lecture is a resounding "no." In the first American retrospective of his Scolari's work as a draftsman and painter since 1986, the Yale School of Architecture presents the show Massimo Scolari: The Representation of Architecture 1967-2012. Check out this slideshow of his work, imagery that is at once fantastic, strange, and singular.
January 16, 2012
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Friday Finds 01.13.12

It's Friday the 13th, friends! Scroll through our favorite finds of the week: one of the coolest Rube Goldberg pieces ever, a blog dedicated to identifying mid-century fonts, and a few photos that combine two of our greatest loves, architecture and Ryan Gosling.
January 13, 2012
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Chris Burden's Big City Dreams

Judging from the ecstatic mood, it may as well have been Christmas morning at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as Angelenos finally got a much-awaited first look at Chris Burden’s Metropolis II, a magnetically powered kinetic sculpture of 1,100 hot wheels-like cars zipping through a futuristic version of the City of Angels. “It’s like the toy car set that I’ve always wanted,” commented one press person gleefully to another. Indeed, everyone traveled a few years (or decades) back into their childhood at the sight of it, including me. When asked how he feels finally seeing the exhibition on public view after seven years of working on it and struggling to finance it, artist Chris Burden briefly replies, “Good. Real good.” The exhibition opens to the public on January 14th, but click through our slideshow for a sneak peek.
January 13, 2012
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Boisbuchet as a Canvas

The Spanish architect, artist, and designer Luis Urculo once said, "I no longer know what an architect is and what an architect should do...." This past summer Urculo led one of the design seminars put on at the pastoral French estate Boisbuchet, where he and a group of students investigated some of the limits of the discipline. Their work, captured in the video below, took them out of the studio and into the landscape, allowing them to imagine a strange and magical intersection between art, architecture, sculpture, and performance. Their canvases were no longer paper or galleries or sites, as such, instead bodies of water, existing structures, and sound were the points of departure for the work. We hope Urculo never does full figure out what an architect is meant to do. We also hope he never stops searching for the answer.
January 12, 2012
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Friday Finds 01.06.12

We're back this New Year with the first Friday Finds of 2012. Scroll down to find out more on New York's lost subway stations, Dutch designer Thomas Eyck, an art installation made up of thousands of stickers, and a clip from one of our favorite IFC shows.
January 6, 2012
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Gifts for the Euro-Obsessed

December 20, 2011
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